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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Fake American Patriots

American political conservatives who continue to clamor about the "fake news" as defined by Donald J. Trump while at the same time ignoring and/or defending the numerous documented lies spewed by Hitleresque, xenophobic, sexual predator Donald J. Trump are Fake American Patriots.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Extreme Vetting of Refugees. Underlying Cause of Death of Anne Frank.

On October 31, 2017 at 8:26 PM, Donald J. Trump tweeted:
I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!
ref: What is extreme vetting? White House outlines proposed immigration policy, By BLAIR GUILD CBS NEWS November 1, 2017, 7:47 PM

Many Trump supporters are strong advocates of Extreme Vetting of Refugees.

It is my opinion that those persons in agreement with this public policy position of Extreme Vetting of Refugees have not clearly thought out all of the possibile consequences of enforcement of extreme vetting; for example, that innocent refugees may indeed lose their lives. Or. if they have thought it all the way through, they do not truly value the sanctity of life.

Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank, tried desperately to find a safe haven for his family. It was in 1941 that Otto Frank tried to seek refuge in the United States of America; but his efforts to obtain permission from the American government were refused.  Why? - Because of the American public policy of Extreme Vetting of Refugees at that time.

It was under the administration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt that the United States of America adopted the public policy of that "no refugee with close relatives in Europe could come to the U.S., on the grounds that the Nazis might hold their relatives hostage in order to force the refugee to undertake espionage for Hitler."

Were it not for the American policy of Extreme Vetting of Refugees at that time, Anne Frank could very well have survived the horrors of The Holocaust and escaped her ultimate untimely death at the tender age of 15.

My firmly held opinion is that
Extreme Vetting of Refugees was the Underlying Cause of Death of Anne Frank.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

BOGO is BOGUS

I am so sick and tired of false and misleading advertising from the private retail business sector.

My specific gripe concerns those "Buy One Get One Free" offers, aka BOGO.

Every time I see or hear of a BOGO offer from a retailer, I want to scream FALSE ADVERTISING.

I was taught that the word "free" in the world of consumer goods and services meant "without cost or payment; without charge; free of charge; given or available without charge."

Have you ever gone to a merchant that was advertising BOGO offerings, and say "I do not want to buy one, I just want the free one" and then actually get the free one? I have made that statement on more than one occassion, and have been refused each and every time. On such occasions, the merchant has always told me that I have to buy one in order to get the free one. Upon being refused the free item without making a financial transaction, I have informed the merchant of the definition of "free" to which the merchant persists with the response "You must buy one to get one free."

Am I stupid or what? To me, free is free, and does not have any cost requirement!

I am of the understanding that the word "bogus" means "false;  fraudulent; having a misleading appearance; counterfeit or fake; not genuine."

Given my uderstanding of BOGO and of BOGUS, I postulate that retailers who make BOGO offers are practicing, perpetuating and participating in a form of consumer fraud. Ergo, the appropriate governmental agencies who are charged with the responsibility of protecting citizens from consumer fraud should take legal action to force retailers to cease and desist from their false advertising.

BOGO is BOGUS.

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Afterlife of John Boehner

Awhile back, I wrote the Roland Hansen Commentary entitled John Boehner is a Bonehead! You might want to go back to read it.

John Boehner has been gone from the active political scene for a few years now; but, there is still some interesting stuff out there about him. As an example, I am copying and pasting beloiw a couple excerpts from an article I just read.
Boehner worries about the deepening fissures in American society. But he sees Trump as more of a symptom than the cause of what is a longer arc of social and ideological alienation ...
(Boehner) doesn’t foresee this toxic political climate improving, ticking off potential fixes—term limits, redistricting reform—that he says won’t make a bit of difference. “It’s going to take an intervening event for Americans to realize that first, we are Americans,” he says. An intervening event? “Something cataclysmic,” he responds, gazing upward.
Read the entire article; it is long, but it is very interesting for political junkies like me:

THE POLITICO MAG PROFILE
John Boehner Unchained
The former House speaker feels liberated—but he’s also seething about what happened to his party.
By TIM ALBERTA November/December 2017

I have to admit that I agree with John Boehner's assessment in the excerpts that I quoted above.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Whiners and Complainers. Shakers and Movers.

If you are a whiner and a complainer, you skip elections and do not vote.
If you are a whiner and a complainer, you sit back while others are working for the community good.
If you are a whiner and a complainer, you observe egocentrism and do not get involved in public interest organizations.
If you are a whiner and a complainer, you let others do the work in the religious, civic, community, fraternal, charitable, labor, business, and professional organizations of which you may be a member.
If you are a whiner and a complainer, you allow injustice to exist.

See also: Whiners are Wienies not Winners

If you are a shaker and a mover, you exercise your right to vote.
If you are a shaker and a mover, you take an active role in community affairs.
If you are a shaker and a mover, you participate in public interest organizations.
If you are a shaker and a mover, you take a leadership role rather than just being a follower in the religious, civic, community, fraternal, charitable, labor, business, and professional organizations of which you may be a member.
If you are a shaker and a mover, you try to right the unrightable wrong.


Sunday, October 8, 2017

White House Adorned By Moron per H.L. Mencken


"... the attribution to Henry Louis Mencken, a prominent newspaperman and political commentator during the first half of the 20th century, is accurate. Writing for the Baltimore Evening Sun on 26 July 1920, in an article entitled “Bayard vs. Lionheart” (and reprinted in the book On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe), Mencken cynically opined on the difficulties of good men reaching national office when the scale of their campaigns precluded them from directly reaching out to large segments of the voting public ..."
ref: H. L. Mencken ‘Moron’ Quote, Did H. L. Mencken write that eventually 'the White House will be adorned by a downright moron'?, Snopes.

Aw, shucks go on over to read 'The White House will be adorned by a downright moron', Baltimore Sun, November 19, 2016.

Heck, even Secretary of State Rex Tillerson thinks the White House is adorned by a moron.
ref: Kaitlan Collins, Barbara Starr, Jeff Zeleny, Elizabeth Landers and Kevin Liptak, Tensions escalate after Tillerson calls Trump 'moron', CNN Politics, updated 8:07 AM ET, Thursday, October 5, 2017.

This morning, Republican Senator Bob Corker wrote on Twitter, "It's a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning." (8:13 AM - 8 Oct 2017)
ref: Corker Answers Trump's Endorsement Tweet By Calling The White House A 'Day Care'NPR Politics, October 8, 2017, 2:30 PM ET.

I am of the opinion that Henry Louis Mencken couldn't have been more correct when he wrote that article entitled “Bayard vs. Lionheart” for the Baltimore Evening Sun back on July 26,1920.
(However, I do not care for nor do I condone the use of the word "moron.")

Postscript
For some bonus reading, take a look-see at H. L. Mencken Quotes from BrainyQuote.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Terrorism On American Soil. Guns Don't Kill People.

Once again, there has been an act of terrorism on American soil.
A gunman fired upon thousands of people attending a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday night, in a brutal attack that is blamed for at least 58 deaths, police say. In the mass shooting and panic that ensued, 515 people were injured.
ref: Las Vegas Shooting Update: At Least 58 People Are Dead After Gunman Attacks Concert, The Two-Way: Breaking News From NPR, October 2, 2017.






(More of my thoughts on guns over thisaway.)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

On Bended Knee, The NFL Protests During The National Anthem

Hmmm... Here is the opening two paragraphs from an interesting article:
Colin Kaepernick started protesting police brutality and the inequality that people of color in the United States face in August of 2016. He did so by initially sitting for the national anthem and then altering his demonstration to take a knee.
Kaepernick, who is still a free agent, has faced backlash in the year and change since then. However, when President Donald Trump said that NFL owners need to fire the “sons of bitches” who are “disrespecting the flag,” it ignited more protests.
Please, please, take the time to read the entire article, just click on the embedded link contained herewith:
NFL protests 2017: What are players protesting when kneeling for the national anthem?
The knee is not anti-American or anti-military.
by SB Nation NFL  Sep 28, 2017, 7:00am EDT

I have my own thoughts on the overall issue that has become very polarizing and divisive to our country.

From me on Twitter, you may find a link that will take you to my thoughts in a Roland's Ramblings blog entry that I wrote back on May 28, 2012 that are applicable to the present-day NFL protest controversy; and, I humbly request that you then read the first comment to that entry that was made by my brother, Veteran Marine MSgt Richard James Hansen, may he rest in peace.
You may find the link at my Tweet enitled "On bended knee --- Freedom."

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Did Donald Trump Say Republicans Are The Dumbest Group Of People?

Have you seen this meme on the internet that contain's a photo of Donald Trump with an allegeded quote from him citing its source as a People Magazine, 1998?


According to eBaum's World, this MEME is spreading FAKE NEWS.
Read the article from eBaum's World for yourself by following this embedded link

Sunday, August 27, 2017

United States of America, Under God, Pledge of Allegiance

Over on that Great American Institution known as Facebook, I often see the following about the Pledge of Allegiance (or something very similar to it) posted:
I remember all through grade school saying this every morning to start the day... "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, and to the REPUBLIC for which it stands, one nation UNDER GOD, indivisible, with LIBERTY and JUSTICE for all!" We no longer do that for fear of OFFENDING SOMEONE!!!  If this offends you then you live in the wrong place. Repost this if you agree. Let's see how many AMERICANS will re-post this & NOT CARE about offending anyone... GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!
Well, guess what. Don't guess, I will tell you.

Prior to 1954, the words "under God" were not part of the Pledge of Allegiance. It was in 1954, in response to the Communist threat of the times, that President Dwight D. Eisenhower encouraged Congress to add the words "under God," creating the 31-word pledge we say today.

Francis Julius Bellamy (May 18, 1855 – August 28, 1931) was a Christian socialist minister and author, best known for writing the original version of the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance. Bellamy's original Pledge read:
"I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

In 1923, the words, "the Flag of the United States of America" were added. It was at this time that the Pledge of Allegiance was then recited as:
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

For further reading, I refer you to:


I personally see no reason for anyone, but especially freedom-loving Constitution-abiding Americans, to impose their religious belief system or deity on me or anyone else.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Former President Reagan Advisor Bruce Bartlett On Donald Trump



"Take Nixon in the deepest days of his Watergate paranoia, subtract 50 IQ points, add Twitter, and you have Trump today."
Source: Twitter, Bruce Bartlett @BruceBartlett 10:40 AM - Mar 4, 2017

More from Bruce Bartlett may be read over at The Guardian. Go on over to read:
Donald Trump's incompetence is a problem. His staff should intervene
Bruce Bartlett, Thursday 1 June 2017 11.01 EDT

And then, there is a little something from Bruce Bartlett over at USA Today.
Take a look and read:
Will Republicans ever stop defending Donald Trump?
Bruce Bartlett, Opinion contributor Published 3:16 a.m. ET June 12, 2017 | Updated 1:55 p.m. ET June 12, 2017

Yet even more from Bruce Bartlett over at Politico Magazine. Take a look-see and read:
‘Trump Is What Happens When a Political Party Abandons Ideas’
As surprising as Trump’s young presidency has been, it’s also the natural outgrowth of 30 years of Republican pandering to the lowest common denominator in American politics.
By BRUCE BARTLETT June 24, 2017

"Bruce Reeves Bartlett (born October 11, 1951) is an American historian whose area of expertise is supply-side economics. He served as a domestic policy adviser to Ronald Reagan and as a Treasury official under George H. W. Bush."
ref: Bruce Bartlett, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bruce Bartlett is a knowledgeable professional: and, I respect him for calling it as he sees it.

In my opinion, Bruce Bartlett is right on target retarding Donald J.Trump. Furthermore, it is my stongly held perspective that Donald J. Trump has brought disgrace to the Office of the President Of The United States Of America.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

'Mr. Fake News' Himself, Donald J. Trump, Makes Fake Healthcare Promises

Donald J. Trump campaigned for President of the United States of America making many promises to the American people.

And yet, many of Donald Trump's promises have not been kept.

  • There is no southern border wall being paid for by Mexico. 
  • There is no tax reform relieving lower and middle income Americans. 
  • There is no ban on foreign lobbyists from raising money for American elections. 
  • There is no proposal for a constitutional amendment on Congressional term limits. 
  • There is no directive to the Secretary of Commerce and U.S. trade representatives to immediately end foreign trading abuses. 
  • There is no national registry of Muslims in the United States. 
  • There is no plan to relocate the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
  • There is no Trump healthcare plan!

A big campaign promise made by Donald J. Trump was that he had a better healthcare plan to replace the Affordable Healthcare Act, aka Obamacare. Trump said he would provide better healthcare and cover more people at less cost than Obamacare.

Read the following articles contained within the respective embedded links to review Trump's record on healthcare:


Donald Trump is the fellow who constantly refers to mass media news reports with which he disagrees and mass media news reports about him that are negative as "fake news." That has become Trump's mantra.

I say. Donald Trump is Mr. Fake News himself and makes fake healthcare promises.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio Career Politician Wade Kapszukiewicz

In Toledo, Ohio, there is a fellow seeking election to the position of Mayor who labels himself as an "outsider." I refer to Wade Patrick Kapszukiewicz, who was born on October 30, 1972 in San Diego, California.

In 1995, after having just reached the age of 23, Wade Kapszukiewicz was elected in November to the Governing Board of the Lucas County Educational Service Center. 

Very soon afterwards, while in the middle of his elected 4-year term on the LCESC Governing Board, Wade announced he was having a political fundraiser as he proclaimed his intention to run for a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives. He abandoned that political goal when the Lucas County Democratic Party tapped Toledo City Councilwoman Jeanine Perry for State Representative; and in return, Wade received a promise that he would be appointed to the unexpired term on Toledo City Council vacated by Jeanine Perry upon her election to the Ohio House seat. Wade resigned his seat on the LCESC Governing Board in order to accept the appointment to Toledo City Council.

In 1999, after having been first appointed to an unexpired term on Toledo City Council, Wade sought and won election to a full term on Toledo City Council.

In 2002, while on Toledo City Council, Wade unsuccessfully sought appointment to a vacant unexpired elected term on the Board of Lucas County Commissioners.

In 2004, while still on Toledo City Council and shortly after having won a new elected term to that seat, Wade sought and won election to become Lucas County Treasurer. While the election for Lucas County Treasurer takes place in November, the term of office for Lucas County Treasurer actually does not begin until September of the following year. Rather than fulfilling his elected time on Toledo City Council, Wade lobbied almost immediately to be appointed to the office of Lucas County Treasurer many, many months prior to the official beginning date of the term to which he was elected. An early appointment did not happen, and Wade had to wait until September 2005 to take over the Treasurer’s office.

In 2015, Wade announced his desire to run for Mayor of the City of Toledo, Ohio in the special election that was being held due to the unfortunate death of incumbent Mayor Mike Collins in mid-term. However, Wade dropped those plans and instead publicly announced his support and endorsement of Paula Hicks-Hudson to be elected as Mayor.

In 2016, Wade ran for re-election as Lucas County Treasurer. He won that election in November: but, the new term does not begin until September 2017.

So, here we are now in the year 2017 and Wade has decided he really doesn’t want to be Lucas County Treasurer, after all. Instead, he has decided that he would rather be the Mayor of Toledo, Ohio.

The following is a direct quote from Wade's mayoral campaign website:
"We know what the status quo looks like.  We know what doing the same old thing and making the same old decisions will produce: more of the same.
I’m not a member of City Council.  I’m not the Mayor.  If you are happy with the status quo, I am not your candidate.  If you think Toledo government is headed in the right direction, I am not your candidate.  If you think the answers to Toledo’s problems reside within city government, I am not your candidate.
But if you think we need fresh ideas, new energy, and an outsider’s perspective, I will be your voice."
Note: Within the quote, I have placed in bold type part of Wade's campaign rhetoric in order to draw attention to the irony and the hypocrisy of the words he uses with the reality of Wade's political history itself.

Now you tell me: How can a person who has held one political office or another in the same community for the past 22 years be considered an outsider?

Wade reminds me of a joke. Let me tell you the joke and decide for yourself if it doesn't seem to allude to Wade.
Question: How do you tell when a politician is lying?
Answer: When his lips are moving.
Presently age 44. it sure seems to me that Wade Kapszukiewicz of Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio is nothing short of being a Career Politician.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

USA: Independence Day, July 4, The Fourth of July, Freedom.

Today is July 4th and it is the celebration of Independence Day, aka The Fourth of July, in the United States of Americe.

This is America's annual celebration of freedom. I am reminded of an entry on my Roland's Ramblings blog that I wrote back on May, 26, 2012 entitled Freedom. Rather than linking to it, I am reproducing it in its entirity here on Roland Hansen Commentary as follows:
Freedom 
When the symbol of freedom becomes more important than freedom itself, then we have no freedom.- Roland Louis Hansen
The question "What is the importance of freedom?" was posted on the political science pages of eNotes. Click here to read the responses.
In the United States of America, our flag is the world's symbol of freedom; and, symbols of freedom are taught to 1st grade children.
Freedom is a valued aspect of American democracy; and, yet many Americans want to limit the freedom of other people, especially when they place a higher value on the symbol of freedom, such as the Flag of the United States or the Pledge of Allegiance, than they place on freedom itself. Read what Ron Gibbons wrote in Letter: A symbol of freedom not more important than freedom itself.
You might find it interesting to read what American children write about freedom. Click on over to American Freedom Essay Contest, Student Winners, and from there you may follow the embedded links to read the actual essays.
Now, how about going on over to read:
Freedom quotes from ThinkExist.com, "You think, therefore You exist."
Freedom Quotes courtesy of BrainyQuote.com.
Quotations about Freedom from The Quote Garden.

I am also reminded of another previous blog entry I made back on July 3, 2014. Please take a look see at:
The Fourth Of July, Independence Day, and Richard J. Hansen

Sunday, June 25, 2017

GOP Ignores Threat To USA. America Is At Risk! America Is Under Attack.

On June 25, 2017, Dan Rather wrote the following on his Facebook page:
The United States was attacked. It was attacked by a hostile foreign power who wished to harm our democracy. It was a sneak attack and its damage we are only starting to understand.
What Russia did in the 2016 elections should have every patriotic American angry and determined to rally to the defense of the nation. The Russian attack is back to being the talk of Washington thanks to a blockbuster report in the Washington Post which laid bare the response of the Obama Administration. The facts detailed in that important piece of journalism have raised a series of recriminations among the political chattering class over whether President Obama acted forcefully enough. That is an important debate, and one that will likely be pored over by historians in the future. 
But while we shouldn't shy away from that discussion, we should also recognize that the threat posed by Russia has not dissipated. If anything it has only increased as Vladimir Putin has seen the success of his efforts to create political chaos in the United States. 
President Trump has to this point shown no interest in taking this threat seriously. If anything, he hasn't demonstrated that he even understands the nature of the threat. He famously has been flippant about whether he even believed Russia was involved - that was until he could tweet out attacks on Obama's handling of the attack yesterday. How convenient. But that doesn't excuse him, our current Commander and Chief, of his responsibility to protect our Republic. 
What hasn't gotten enough attention in the Post report, in my opinion, is how the Republicans in Congress reacted back in 2016. 
(From the Washington Post article)"the (Obama) White House turned to Congress for help, hoping that a bipartisan appeal to states would be more effective...(but) the meeting devolved into a partisan squabble. 'The Dems were, ‘Hey, we have to tell the public,’ recalled one participant. But Republicans resisted, arguing that to warn the public that the election was under attack would further Russia’s aim of sapping confidence in the system. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) went further, officials said, voicing skepticism that the underlying intelligence truly supported the White House’s claims. Through a spokeswoman, McConnell declined to comment, citing the secrecy of that meeting." 
In 1947, Republican Senator Arthur Vandenberg famously said, "we must stop partisan politics at the water's edge.” And by this he meant in foreign policy and issues of national security. Well in a digital world, there is no water's edge. But there certainly is politics. Criticize the response of the Obama Administration all you want. But we cannot let political point scoring distract us from the current threat to national security. 
The safety and security of this nation is now in the hands of President Trump and his allies in Congress. Will they take this Russia threat seriously? Or will they continue to play politics? 
"When it comes to keeping America safe and strong, when it comes to keeping America free, there should be no Republicans or Democrats, only patriotic Americans working together." That was President Ronald Reagan at the height of the Cold War. What would he say about the game the GOP is playing today?
Where is the American political leadership?
Where is the leadership from the current occupant of the White House?
Where is the American political courage?

Have you ever read, or even heard of, Profiles in Courage?

What would John F. Kennedy have to say about the current fiasco in American national government?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

In the Spirit of Donald J Trump, Is Christmas Fake News?

Midsummer and other pagan festivals from days of old had many traditions that were "stolen" by Christianity and were then incorporated into Christian holidays.

The Feast Day of St. John the Baptist and Christmas are but two examples of Christianity adapting pagan rituals as part of Christian observances in order to secure more converts to Christianity.
"Traditionally, Midsummer was celebrated on June 24, the feast day of St. John the Baptist, but the holiday has its roots in a pre-Christian solstice festival. Rather than trying to stamp out such pagan festivals, the early Catholic Church found it useful to coopt them by associating them with Christian celebrations. By establishing December 25 – conveniently close to the winter solstice – as the date when Jesus was born, the Church was able to absorb the pagan midwinter festival of Yule into the Christian celebration of Christmas."
The preceding paragraph is a direct quote that is an excerpt from the web page Midsummer in Sweden: Origins and Traditions that you may read in its entirity by opening the embedded link that I have placed in its title.

The term fake news has been popularized by Donald J Trump in recent times.

Upon reading the quoted excerpt from the web page Midsummer in Sweden: Origins and Traditions to which I linked, and in keeping with and in the form of Donald Trump's consistent, continuous. and constant allegations of fake news here and fake news there and fake news everywhere, I now pose the question:
Is Christmas Fake News?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Wade Kapszukiewicz Conspiracy. SHAME ON CHRIS REDFERN!

Why would the former Chair of the Ohio Democratic Party, i.e. Chris Redfern, promote someone running against the Toledo, Ohio incumbent Democrat Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson who has been officially endorsed by the Ohio Democratic Party and by the Lucas County Democratic Party?

Is that not a violation of the oath and pledge to support only those persons endorsed by the Democratic Party that Chris Redfern swore to uphold? Do not the Democratic Party rules call for sanctions against those Democrats who violate the pledge to support endorsed Democrats.
SHAME ON YOU, CHRIS REDFERN!

What does the Lucas County Democratic Party have to say about Chris Redfern working against the ENDORSED DEMOCRAT INCUMBENT TOLEDO MAYOR PAULA HICKS-HUDSON?

I posted comments similar to those in the preceding 3 paragraphs on a Facebook entry of Chris Redfern in which he was promoting a political fundraiser featuring the insurgent so-called Democrat Wade Kapszukiewicz who is challenging Toledo, Ohio Mayor Paua Hicks-Hudson in the upcoming municipal election. Within minutes of making my comments, not only were my comments removed from Redfern's traitorous promotional fundraising announcement featuring the self-serving Wade "Skippy" Kapszukiewicz, but I was also blocked by Chris Redfern from viewing his Facebook page.

Is this all part and parcel of the Wade Kapszukiewicz conspiracy?

While I do believe that people have the right to support the candidate of their choice; I also believe persons who hold a position within a political party need to be held accountable and responsible to the political party of which they pledged their support. Politicos who identify with a specific political party and who have pledged to support that party's endorsed candidates should, and must, have their feet held to the fire. Any politico who willfully and blatantly violates his or her solemn oath and promise should, and must, pay the price for his or her treachery.


Read more about Chris "Dippy" Redfern:




Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Quotes by Donald J. Trump Advocating Violence.

Violence begets violence; but, Donald J. Trump has espoused violence on a regular basis. Statements advocating violence made by Donald J. Trump include the following:

  • "I'll beat the crap out of you."
  • "Part of the problem ... is nobody wants to hurt each other anymore."
  • "The audience hit back. That's what we need a little bit more of."
  • "In the good old days this doesn't happen because they used to treat them very, very rough."
  • "Try not to hurt him. If you do, I'll defend you in court, don't worry about it."
  • "I'd like to punch him in the face."
  • "Knock the crap out of them."
  • "Maybe he should have been roughed up."
  • "I don’t know if I’ll do the fighting myself or if other people will."
  • “Hillary wants to abolish — essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”

There is more to read over at:
The HyperTexts, Donald Trump Violence Quotes

And, lest we forget:
Trump: I could 'shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters', By Jeremy Diamond, CNN, Updated 12:03 PM ET, Sun January 24, 2016.

Is Donald J. Trump the type of role model we want for our children?
Do we really want our children to emulate the likes of Donald J. Trump?
I think not!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Americans: Thank a Democrat. What have Republicans done for you?


In the past 100 years, American Presidents who were from the Democratic Party have been able to implement positive public policies that have been beneficial to the vast majority of the general American public.

What positive public policies beneficial to the average American citizen have those from the Republican Party been able to implement?

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Dan Rather addresses Donald Trump re: Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Best

The following is a copy and paste replication from the Facebook page of Dan Rather from Sunday, May 28, 2017:
Dear President Trump,
Their names were Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Best. One was a recent college graduate. The other was an army veteran and father of four. I wish we would hear you say these names, or even just tweet them. They were brave Americans who died at the hands of someone who, when all the facts are collected, we may have every right to call a terrorist.
This story may not neatly fit into a narrative you pushed on the campaign trail and that has followed you into the White House. They were not killed by an undocumented immigrant or a "radical Islamic terrorist." They were killed in an act of civic love, facing down a man allegedly spewing hate speech directed at two young Muslim women. That man seems to have a public record of "extremist ideology" - a term issued by the Portland Police Bureau. 
This "extremism" may be of a different type than gets most of your attention, or even the attention in the press. But that doesn't make it any less serious, or deadly. And this kind of "extremism" is on the rise, especially in the wake of your political ascendency. Most people who study these sorts of things do not think that is a coincidence. I do blame you directly for this incident. Nor do I think other people should. But what a President says, who he has around him, and the tone he sets can set the tone for the nation at large. 
Perhaps Portland, Oregon is off your radar. It is, after all, a rather liberal place. It's even a "sanctuary city.." But it is still an American city. And you are its President. Two Americans have died leaving family and friends behind. They are mourned by millions more who are also deeply worried about what might come next. 
I hope you can find it worthy of your time to take notice.

[ref: https://www.facebook.com/theDanRather/posts/10158743532925716]

I say, "Stop The Hate. Promote Love."

Friday, May 19, 2017

Stop The Hate. Promote Love.

In today's American society, intolerance and hatred seem to have become the norm. It is my perspective that ihe recent 2016 election campaign for President of the United States of America is indicative of this pervasive trend.

With each passing day, it seems to me that more and more hate is being spread with increasing opinions being expressed that are full of vitriol. Social and political commentary in the United States frequently takes the form of attacking the "other side" or the "other person" without regard to the issues at hand or of policy substance or even of the actual facts. Name-calling, belittling, and denigration have become the standard of the day. 

Rather than to address the issues, it is commonpace nowadays in America for people to bash what or whom they hate. Rather than spreading love for all of humankind, it is commonplace nowadays in America to spread distrust, intolerance, and hatred.

It is time to turn the tide in America. It is time to switch the tactics. I suggest people turn away from bashing what they dislike, and instead. promote those things they like and in which they believe. 


Instead of writing and/or using speech that just disparages those things with which a person may not agree, I believe it would be more productive and beneficial for people to use the approach of persuasive speech.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Historical Idiot Donald J Trump

Fellow Blogger CW Martin and I have very different political perspectives. None-the-less, he calls it as he sees it, as do I. However, from time to time, he and I do agree. Such is the case when in regards to Donald J Trump, on May 2, 2017, CWMartin wrote in a Tilting at Windmills blog entry the following:
"I accuse you of being a historical idiot, and we ALL know the saying about those who do not know their history.  My advice to you is to find some way to NOT talk about things you don't understand."
Thank you, Chris, for calling out what needs to be called out. I tip my hat to you.

In all fairness to CWMartin, rather than just highlighting that part on which we agree, I suggest you read the entire blog entry from which I took that excerpt. Go on over to read:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Dan Rather on Donald J Trump and North Korea

The following is a 'copy and paste' of what Dan Rather wrote on Facebook this afternoon of April 19, 2017 about little Donnie Trump and the Trumpster alternative facts concerning the actions being undertaken by the United States of America in regards to North Korea:
As far as I am concerned, this week brought perhaps the most dangerous and destabilizing events in the presidency of Donald Trump, and it has been almost completely overshadowed by a cavalcade of news such as elections in Georgia and the Bill O'Reilly story. 
But while many of us may be preoccupied, make no mistake the world is watching - and is worried. For over a week, the American people and the world were led to believe that the United States was sending an aircraft carrier strike force to the waters off of North Korea, in an escalating tension over the standoff with that troublesome nation over its nuclear and missile ambitions. 
President Trump boasted about his show of force. “We are sending an armada, very powerful. We have submarines, very powerful, far more powerful than the aircraft carrier," he said. The National Security Advisor and the Secretary of Defense both reiterated the information. Except it wasn't true. The carrier USS Carl Vinson and its accompanying ships were heading in the other direction, thousands of miles away. 
How and why can this happen? There are no good explanations. Incompetence, deceit, a lack of communication? This is how wars can get started by accident. This is how allies can feel betrayed and adversaries emboldened. Our world is less stable today because of this situation. And this was supposed to be the relative area of stability within the Trump Administration - national security. 
The fact that this has gone on for days is inexcusable. The world's nations rely on being able to trust what an American president says, especially on an issue like this. More than anything else that has happened, more than the missile strike in Syria or even the worrisome congratulatory phone call to the increasingly dictatorial president of Turkey, this is a foreign policy debacle that is shaping world affairs in big ways. I hope you all take the time to read much of the fine reporting that has been done on this event. It is something we all should be talking and thinking about - a lot.
ref:
 https://www.facebook.com/theDanRather/posts/10158545169960716

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Rebirth. Easter. Jews.

The Dalai Lama once said:
“Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion.”

Today is April 16, 2017. I read on an internet web page, "This year Orthodox Christians and the Catholics are celebrating Easter on the same day – but this is not always the case." Follow the embedded link in its title to read the entire article Why Orthodox Easter is the Same Day as Catholic Easter This Year.

I also read the following on the internet:
"What is the true meaning of Easter Sunday? Why does the date of Easter change every year? What is the Golden Number and how is Easter calculated? Why are eggs associated with Easter? Here are some answers from The Old Farmer’s Almanac."
Open this embedded link to read the entire article.

There are alot of "tweets" on Twitter that mention Easter Sunday. Read them here, if you wish.

On my other blog, Roland's Ramblings, back on  April 24, 2011, I wrote something that is also true this year when I scribed "Today is still part of the week-long Pesach, aka the Jewish Passover." I entitled that entry Easter Ham and Jews that you can read also, if you are so inclined.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Toledo, Ohio: City Council Favors Kroger Corporate Interests Over Toledo Citizens.

Do you remember the Roland Hansen Commentary Boycott Kroger that I published here back on October 16, 2009?

Well, once again, Kroger operations in Toledo, Ohio has put neighborhood interests last. This time it is in the geographical area of the Secor and Monroe intersection.

Take a read/see at the online petition of Say NO, Again, to Kroger’s Proposal to Demolish the SND Provincial Center in W. Toledo.

Despite the recommendations of the professional planning staff of and the Toledo Plan Commission itself, and totally disregarding the opinion and advice of former three term Toledo Strong Mayor Carty Finkbeiner, with the exception of City Council persons Sandy Spang and Peter Ujvagi, Toledo City Council has VOTED AGAINST NEIGHBORHOOD interests!

My interests in preserving, protecting, and saneful neighborhood community development has not been of the casual kind. During my many years of volunteer community service, I served on the Housing Rehabilitation Committee and the Neighborhood Preservation Committee of the West Toledo Area Citizens Association, and on the Neighborhood Planners Screening Committee and the Long Range Planning Committee of the Toledo Central Citizens Participation Forum. I also came up with the idea of creating a public interest community improvement 501c nonprofit organization, Citizens League Of West Toledo, Inc. (aka CLOWT), and served as its President for 12 years.
It was in those capacities that I met a fellow by the name of Mike Young, a knowledgeable, outstanding, proficient, professional city planner.

That being stated, I wish to share the following comments concerning the Toledo Kroger Fiasco that are on Facebook:

Michael John Young
Wednesay, March 22 at 12:40pm ·


TOLEDO CITY COUNCIL APPROVES ZONE CHANGE FOR KROGER'S

If anyone still wonders why I left a terrific career in Toledo to start over in San Diego, please peel back all the intrigue and creepy alliances in this one action.

I was a union Steward for AFL-CIO Local 2058, but I'm disappointed (and not surprised) that Council caved in to the construction trades.

I was raised Catholic (St. Johns Jesuit '69), but I'm disappointed (and not surprised) that Council caved in to the Diocese and the Sister of Notre Dame.

I was head of Long Range Planning in Toledo for 15 years, but I'm disappointed (and not surprised) that when it came time for Council to display courage and planning discipline... they failed.

The Anderson's store will soon be available, and likely Sears, then Elder- Beerman, meanwhile all across Toledo the landscape is littered with vacant retail properties. Former Ontario Stores, Handy Andys, Bargain Citys, Foodtowns, and... ironically... Krogers' gather graffiti and litter, awaiting a role in a shrinking marketplace further saturated by this latest short-sighted Councilmanic act of stupidity.

Meanwhile nearby cities who treasure city planning and act like adults - Columbus, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Ann Arbor, and even Perrysburg, Maumee, and Sylvania, stand as examples of wise decisions and advanced thinking.

A city without standards can not retain quality employers or attract new businesses because investors simply MUST have the assurance that the property they own cannot be stripped of value by a City Council that will approve a zone change for anyone, anywhere, at any time.

A city without pride soon becomes a city without purpose.

This Notre Dame rezoning for Krogers, perhaps like none other, is only the most recent civic action that vividly proves that Toledo needs enlightened new, mature, disciplined leadership.

Desperately.

And to those who think Kroger's would leave had they been denied this zone change: Please.

I mean... please.

Kroger's wasn't going to leave. They were not going to abandon the lucrative Monroe/Central/Secor demographic (among the best in the region). If they had been denied this zone change they would have chosen the Sears site at Westgate, the Anderson's store on Talmadge, or other available properties on Secor near Central.

They aren't an NFL team that can move anywhere and succeed. They're a grocer, and they are competing with other grocers in Toledo.

The Notre Dame property was "Plan A".

They had a "Plan B".

And it wasn't abandoning this part of Toledo.

Roland Louis Hansen
Friday, March 24 at 8:36am ·


Mike says it like it is! And, much of what he says is what I have been saying!
Rather than heed the sound professional advice of the Toledo Plan Commission, the majority of Toledo City Council decided that the corporate interests of Kroger are more important than the interests of the Citizens of Toledo.
Kudos to Peter Ujvagi and Sandy Spang for having the wisdom and political fortitude to have voted against this slap in the face to neighborhood residents​.
With the exception of Ujvagi and Spang, the members of Toledo City Council have sold their souls to the company store and have voted against neighborhood residents.
SHAME ON TOLEDO CITY COUNCIL!

Judy Rosenberg Hansen shared Michael John Young's post.
Friday, March 24 at 9:40am ·

OMG, Roland Louis Hansen had just a few days ago told me about Michael and why he left Toledo! And now I read this and so should YOU!
Apparently, in the City of Toledo, Ohio, the majority of members on TOLEDO CITY COUNCIL BELIEVES THE CORPORATE GREED OF KROGER TAKES PRECEDENCE OVER THE DESIRES, NEEDS, OVERALL GOOD, AND INTERESTS OF THE NEIGHBORHOODS AND CITIZENS IN THE COMMUNITY.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The CEO President: A Really Terrible Idea?

I first saw the following video over on Facebook where it had been shared by a friend of mine over there.
I appreciate the message contained therein because it basically expresses the same sentiments that I have been saying for many, many years, i.e. government and business are two entirely different types of entities with different goals and with different underlying motives. Bottom line: The goal of business is to make a profit; the goal of government is to provide services. Therefore, government should not be expected to, nor should it, operate like a private business.
When I saw the video on Facebook, I wanted to place it in a Roland Hansen Commentary entry. However, I cannot share Facebook videos in my blog.
Being the undaunted person I am, I had to come up with another way to place the video here.
Well, I found a way. I saw on Facebook that the video had been originally posted on the Facebook page of Fusion, a television cable and satellite news and satire channel owned by Fusion Media Group, an American multi-platform media company that is owned by Univision Communications.
And, as I discovered, Fusion is also on YouTube, so, over to YouTube I went. VoilĂ , I found the video, hit the 'share on Blogger' icon, and here it is. I didn't want to just share it without any comments from me, however. Consequently, I saved it as a draft; and, then came back to my Blogger account to write this introduction before I published this Roland Hansen Commentary.
Now, on with the show.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Wade Kapszukiewicz, The Boy Who Would Be King. Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio.

There is a page on Facebook for Wade Kapszukiewicz, a politician in Lucas County and of Toledo in Ohio.

On that page, Wade Kapszukiewicz posted the following on February 23, 2017 at 4:35 p.m.:
Just finished taping "Leading Edge with Jerry Anderson." Be sure to tune in Sunday at 8:30 am on WTOL 11 and 10:30 pm on Fox Toledo.

Later, on March 6, 2017 at 5:58 p.m., on that same Facebook page, Wade Kapszukiewicz posted the following:
Here is the video of my appearance on "Leading Edge with Jerry Anderson" where I discuss the possibility of running for Mayor of Toledo.
[February 23: Leading Edge with Jerry Anderson - Segment 1
 (Open the embedded link to view the video contained therein.)

It was not until today, March 14, 2017 that I made the following comment on that specific message thread of Wade Kapszukiewicz
"Both Ohio Democratic Party and the Lucas County Democrats (Lucas County Democratic Party) have endorsed the Democrat incumbent Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson."
Somehow, my comment was deleted, so I reposted it. My comment was again deleted, so, once again, I reposted it. That happened a total of three times!

I soon made a discovery.
NOT ONLY had my comment been repeatedly DELETED from the Facebook page of Wade Kapszukiewicz, BUT, I had also been BLOCKED from making any comments of any kind on the Facebook page of politician and public servant Wade Kapszukiewicz, who apparently believes he need not assume any responsibility, responsiveness, or accountability to the public in his capacity as an elected government official.

That sure shows something about his character (or lack thereof). It also shows me that Wade Kapszukiewicz lacks honesty of purpose; and, that is something with which I have had personal experience and of which I have personal knowledge.

The control of what information is made public and of information that is covered up also shows Wade Kapszukiewicz's clandestine behavior and approach to politics.

Is Wade Kapszukiewicz the type of individual that should be Mayor of the City of Toledo, Ohio?

What Wade, aka Skippy, is doing now in this Mayoral situation is political shenanigans, pure and simple; but then again, that has been Wade's modus operandi since 1995.

I have the inside story on Wade. I was present in the "back room" when several political deals were made in Wade's earlier years.

Open the embedded link to a message thread that was started September 14, 2005 on the message board of Toledo Talkhttp://www.toledotalk.com/cgi-bin/comments.pl/16/1427 that provides more scuttlebutt about Wade "Skippy" Kapszukiewicz. (ref. - http://www.toledotalk.com/cgi-bin/comments.pl/16/14270 )

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Free Press in USA Under Fire. A Reminder of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Germany.

Donald Trump has been on a mission to destroy the Free Press in the United States of America. The Trumpster Dumpster wants to bury any of the mass media that dares to not fall into goose step and march to the looney tunes of Donald Trump and his loyal band of Daffy Ducks.

Quoting from an article I read on the internet:
[Adolf] Hitler came to power in Germany on January 30 1933 and almost immediately set out plans that would give the Nazis total power over all newspapers. 
Read the entire article "Newspapers In Nazi Germany" by following the embedded link contained within its title.

Donald Trump came to power in the United States of America on January 20, 2017 and he immediately went to war with the free press here in the USA. And now, as I now compose this Roland Hansen Commentary, earlier today, February 24, 2017, Trump has started a brand of press censorship on media outlets. I quote:
"CNN and other news outlets were blocked on Friday from attending an off-camera White House press briefing that other reporters were hand-picked to attend, raising alarm among media organizations and First Amendment watchdogs."
You may access the full CNN Media audio/visual report, White House blocks news organizations from press briefinghere.

Apparently, Donald Trump is neither a true believer in nor an advocate of a free press.

Is the United States of America under the Trump Administration on the path to that taken by Nazi Germany under Hitler?

Please read each of the following articles to which I am placing embedded links:


You may think I go too far in my analogies. But, I think not. I am reminded of Martin Niemöller.


I feel I have to scream at the top of my lungs to get Trump supporters to learn from history. However, I suspect that Trumpsters are avid practicioners of selective perception.

I say, as did Barry McGuire:
Don't you understand, what I'm trying to say?
And can't you feel the fears I'm feeling today?
If the button is pushed, there's no running away,
There'll be no one to save with the world in a grave,
Take a look around you, boy, it's bound to scare you, boy,
And you tell me over and over and over again my friend,
Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.
And now, I say. "That's all, folks."

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Reflections of a Political Has-Been.

As I approach my 70 years on this planet we call Earth, I reflect on my life with an increasing frequency. I have had an interesting life, full of ups and downs, accomplishments and failures, moments of happiness and sadness, and all the other stuff all us human beings go through. 

It is with a sigh of woe that I recall my attempts to have an impact in the political world while having one hand tied behind my back for most of that time due to a large portion of my life being employed in the classified civil service of the State of Ohio that legally limited my full and active partisan political participation. 

And, I recall being the object of snide ridicule from several armchair political critics who usually made personal attacks under a cloak of anonymity.

Do you remember the Roland Hansen Commentary in which the following quote is taken?
"Who cares roland, ... You are also an old man, with nowhere to go, except retirement and a pension though your years of mediocre public service. And no one can take that away from you.
I realize you want more, to be a big player, and as you have said; you have begged the king pins in toledo to let you help run this place, into the ground. And there has been no answer. So you continue to stand on your mount and rant about nothingness."
No? Well, then go on over to read the Roland Hansen Commentary Glass City Jungle and the Trolling Flamer Cyberbully Factor that was posted on Saturday, October 11, 2008.

Okay. Now then, do you remember the Roland Hansen Commentary in which the following quote is taken?
At one time, when I was in my prime, I was a "somebody" but then I fell out of grace with some people; and I became a "nobody." 
What? You don't recall that one, either? Well, then, all you need do is to go on over to read the Roland Hansen Commentary Am I really a washed-up has-been??? that was posted on Monday, April 8, 2013.

I think of those two occurences and many others when I reflect upon my foray into the political world that goes back more than 40 years.

For a brief look into just a little of my reflections regarding my political forays you may read my Roland's Ramblings blog entry Roland Louis Hansen Memories of Days Gone By that I posted on February 13, 2017.

All that being put forth, if you wish to learn more about my real world activities throughout my life, you may open the following embedded link that takes you over to read Roland Hansen Background Information.

Friday, February 3, 2017

The Eve Of Destruction. Donald J. Trump.

I remember a very popular protest song from the Vietnam era that came out I believe in 1965.

It was a social commentary for its time.

Somehow, I think it just as fitting under the Presidency of Donald J. Trump today as it was under the Presidency of LBJ, i.e. Lyndon B. Johnson, in the mid-1960s.

Incidentally, in my humble opinion, the protests of the 1960s led to a decision by LBJ not to seek re-election to the Presidency.

 

"Eve Of Destruction" ~ Lyrics

The eastern world, it is explodin', 
Violence flarin', bullets loadin', 
You're old enough to kill but not for votin', 
You don't believe in war, but what's that gun you're totin', 
And even the Jordan river has bodies floatin', 
But you tell me over and over and over again my friend, 
Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction. 

Don't you understand, what I'm trying to say? 
And can't you feel the fears I'm feeling today? 
If the button is pushed, there's no running away, 
There'll be no one to save with the world in a grave, 
Take a look around you, boy, it's bound to scare you, boy, 
And you tell me over and over and over again my friend, 
Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction. 

Yeah, my blood's so mad, feels like coagulatin', 
I'm sittin' here, just contemplatin', 
I can't twist the truth, it knows no regulation, 
Handful of Senators don't pass legislation, 
And marches alone can't bring integration, 
When human respect is disintegratin', 
This whole crazy world is just too frustratin', 
And you tell me over and over and over again my friend, 
Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction. 

Think of all the hate there is in Red China! 
Then take a look around to Selma, Alabama! 
Ah, you may leave here, for four days in space, 
But when your return, it's the same old place, 
The poundin' of the drums, the pride and disgrace, 
You can bury your dead, but don't leave a trace, 
Hate your next door neighbor, but don't forget to say grace, 
And you tell me over and over and over and over again my friend, 
You don't believe we're on the eve of destruction. 

No, no, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

November 6, 2018 - VOTE USA

Many, many people are dissatisfied with the 2016 Presidential Election in the United States of America.

Folks are talking; folks are complaining; folks are protesting; folks are demonstrating.

I have not seen our great nation as divided as this since the protests in the 1960s that included the civil rights demonstrations and anti-Vietnam war protests.

Talk is cheap! Complaining and demonstratiing is easy.

The most effective way to express dismay is with the power of the vote.
So, all you Americans who are unhappy with the election of Donald J. Trump and of the Conservative Congressional majority, you have a real opportunity to effectuate change on November 6, 2018.


Friday, January 20, 2017

'Fess Up, Obama Bashers!

Remember when I wrote:
"There are many people who criticize Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America. Some criticisms are justifiable and warranted by those who make the criticisms. Then, there are the Obama Bashers, as I call them, who just want to belittle and demonize our President with reckless disregard to truth."

Remember when I wrote:
"rising gasoline prices in the United States of America, it is not uncommon for tea party movement folks and Republicans and other conservatives, aka Obama Bashers, to blame President Barack Obama for those obscenely high gasoline prices."

And remember when I wrote:
"Gasoline prices in the United States of America are at the lowest level in many a year. Prices are now below $2.00 per gallon. Funny thing, though --- I do not hear American political conservatives and followers of the Tea Party Movement crediting President Barack Obama for the low gasoline prices."

Oh! And remember the Roland Hansen Commentary:
Let's Check Facts Before Bashing Our President, Barack Obama

Well, the last day in the Presidency of Barack Obama has now come and gone; and, to this day the farshtunken Obama Bashers never have admitted their deceitful ways.

Those dodos told so many lies; and, they believed in those lies. And now that President Obama is leaving office those dimwits still will not 'fess up to the error of their falacious accusations!




PLEASE NOTE: My use of colorful, descriptive adjectives and nouns in this Roland Hansen Commentary is solely for the purpose of expressing my disdain of those persons who knowingly and intentionally have spread and continue to communicate mistruths about President Obama. In no way do I intend the use of those words to be directed generally at all persons who honestly and sincerely have personally held political perspective in opposition to President Obama.